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4.0 out of 5 stars
S.T.E.N.D.E.C., 20 Feb 2010
I was always fascinated by the story of the aeroplane that disappeared without trace for 50 years. There was little real detail on the subject on the web, and only one BBC documentary which had any real depth.
Having read this book, I now know much of the background, not only about the loss of the STAR DUST, but also Air Vice Marshall Don Bennett, who has to be listed as one of the Worlds Greatest Aviators, holding more aviation FIRSTs than any other man.
Although the book jumps about a bit between giving the background on the, passengers, crew, & the airline - British South American Airline BSAA), and the story of the mountaineers who eventually found the STAR DUST, making it bit difficult to orientate yourself, I would thoroughly recommend this book to those interested in historical aviation stories/mysteries.
The only thing nobody has ever been able to solve is the meaning of the strange last message from the plane in morse code S.T.E.N.D.E.C. 4 minutes before it was due to land. It was the last that was seen or heard of this plane for 50 years.
I also think it's high time there was a film made about the life of Don Bennett, a true pioneering aviator, & war hero. (hello Hollywood / Pinewood / Peter Jackson ??).